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    MountainRunner will be in Boston later this week

    I’ll be in Boston starting tomorrow for a few days to be on a panel at an interesting conference entitled “Neuroscience and Social Conflict“.  In what is a working meeting, it is the kick-off event for a multi-year initiative by the Project on Justice in Times of Transition.  It is a closed door event, so don’t expect live tweeting or a blog post from me.

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    Submit a Guest Post to MountainRunner.us

    One of the values of MountainRunner.us is the diversity of voices on the diverse subjects related to understanding, informing, and influencing global publics.  If you are interested in contributing to these topic areas, review the submission guidelines and follow up with me through email.

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    A New MountainRunner

    Dear Readers, as you may have noticed, this blog has gotten a facelift.  Over the next week you should see other improvements and a resumption in blogging.  Stay tuned for more, including details on the hiatus.  For the impatient, you can read my comments on Brian’s post at the Public Diplomacy Council. Notes related to the change in the blog may be found here. If you’d like to submit a guest post, review the guidelines and then email me.

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    Disabling and Enabling Comments on the Blog

    For anyone who tried to comment on the blog this week, and I know of at least one person, the comment capability was temporarily disabled by this blog’s hosting service. On occasion, the steady flow of attacks from spammers and others cause the host to disable various scripts (usually but not always the comment script) that support this site to protect the server on which it runs. Several times a year, the attacks (again, mostly but not entirely, spam) amount to a denial of service. The blog is now fully restored. Comment at will.

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    R.I.P. Phil Taylor

    Phil Taylor, professor of International Communications at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom, passed away on 6 December 2010. Phil was a terrific and underappreciated researcher and thinker on the subject of influence and propaganda. A prolific writer on the subjects, he devoted tremendous time and energy into unveiling both historical and contemporary propaganda. John Brown described Phil as “one of the greats in the study of the art of rhetoric.” Phil will be missed. See also: Phil’s website – full of interesting and useful material Announcement at University of Leeds John Brown’s note on Phil’s passing Abbreviated list of books authored or co-edited by Phil: British Propaganda in the…

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    Temporary Hiatus

    My apologies to the readers, but I’ve had to put the blog (and twitter and other social media) on the back burner for the time being. I’m hoping to resume with gusto next week. This is also a good time to remind you that I do accept guest posts provided they fit within the general guideline of articulating a subject relevant to public diplomacy and strategic communication, regardless of an emphasis on words or deeds or organization. If you have a post or topic you’d like to share with the community – or event for that matter to be highlighted – email me and I’ll try to facilitate its dissemination…